24 April 2023

Media: Found - April 23

A regular digest of what we’ve been watching/ listening to, articles we’ve read and other items on our radar:

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Kat Jackson
Head of Client Services
Being a massive West Wing fan, I’m always fascinated when politics and TV collide, or harmoniously come together. So seeing the cast of Ted Lasso be invited to the White House and giving a press conference in character (complete with their in-show fake journalist) about the importance of men’s mental health was quite something, as are the videos.
The series landed at just the right time and with nuanced and sensitive writing to be a balm to many people’s psyches. Having that cast speak with such passion about how the series has helped people and the messages it gets over was powerful stuff.
I’ll set aside the potential precedent set of Washington arguably promoting a TV show and just focus on the warm and fuzzies of right time, right messengers and a truly standout result for a very important issue.
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Grace Tucker
Account Director
Even though its run has ended, I can’t help but talk about Creature by Akram Khan at Sadler’s Wells. It was a rainy Friday night and a good friend offered me ‘a ticket to the ballet’.
Even though its run has ended, I can’t help but talk about Creature by Akram Khan at Sadler’s Wells. It was a rainy Friday night and a good friend offered me ‘a ticket to the ballet’.
Having seen The Nutcracker as a kid, but being warmer to the pared-back and realist brutality of productions I’ve seen at the likes of the Arcola, I wasn’t sure what to expect – but I hadn’t seen my friend in a while and am always up for a show. I decided not to read the synopsis, and to let myself be surprised. Surprised is an understatement – blown away would be more apropos.
Unlike other jovial ballets I’ve seen that tend to fall around Christmas time, this is a tale of loss, loneliness and isolation, set in an Arctic research centre, where the eponymous Creature is a test subject at a military base, being surveilled and pushed to the limits of the self by brutality and abandon. Set to intermittent mechanical soundscapes of the moon landing (with distorted samples of President Nixon for good measure), and a live orchestra, this was the darkest piece of dance I’ve experienced.
Underscored by a tragic love story, I keep coming back to the final vignette before the curtain fell: the orchestra swelling, the wooden set coming apart with pieces falling across the stage, and solemn swaying of the main dancer holding his dead lover. Ballet as I’d never seen it before.
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Tom Phillips
Senior Account Executive

Spring has finally sprung and the clocks are forward! Although we’re emerging from Winter, we’re yet to see a real change in weather in the UK, so now felt like a good time to get away and catch some rays. I recently took a trip to Lisbon to soak in some sun and culture, and I couldn’t recommend it more.
Spring has finally sprung and the clocks are forward! Although we’re emerging from Winter, we’re yet to see a real change in weather in the UK, so now felt like a good time to get away and catch some rays. I recently took a trip to Lisbon to soak in some sun and culture, and I couldn’t recommend it more.
Things got off to a slightly rocky start with air traffic control strikes in France (yes, I was also surprised that this added hours of delays!), but we finally touched down in Lisbon to blue skies and the first heat I’d felt since summer.
Four days of amazing architecture, an endless supply of pastel de nata, and a few pints of Super Bock later, and I can safely say that this is one of my favourite cities I’ve ever visited!
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